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Wisconsin whitewater, Milwaukee River

Ozaukee county, Bridge Street to Falls Road Ledge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     2.7 miles
  The wonderful Wisconsin scenery and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. If you're coming from Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere.
    The Bridge Street to Falls Road Ledge section of Milwaukee River is 2.7 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,
there are lots of good rivers for that around here. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

about the general area:
A tour to Havenwoods State Forest when you're here at Milwaukee River is a good idea, and during your visit here you'll meet some folks from Grafton for sure. Going to Harrington Beach State Park in close proximity to Milwaukee River is a great thing to do. The yearly precipitation here at Milwaukee River is about average. September is the wettest month with most rain, and February meanwhile is the driest month. All through the warmest time of the year at Milwaukee River temperatures are commonly in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures plunge down into the 50's.

Milwaukee River, Bridge Street to Falls Road Ledge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Milwaukee River.
 Whitewater Near Milwaukee River:
Milwaukee River, Ozaukee County, 0 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.7 miles long (Bridge Street to Falls Road Ledge)
Cedar Creek, Ozaukee County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.3 miles long (Cedarburg City Park)
Sauk Creek, Ozaukee County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Grant Street to South Milwaukee Street)
Milwaukee River, Milwaukee County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.4 miles long (Hampton Ave.Dam to North Ave.Dam)
Menomonee River, Waukesha County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.4 miles long (Main Street bridge to next bridge)
Menomonee River, Milwaukee County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.8 miles long (Underwood Creek to 43rd and Monarch)
Honey Creek, Milwaukee County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1.6 miles long (Honey Creek Parkway to Menomonee River)
Pewaukee River, Waukesha County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 1.6 miles long (Pewaukee to Waukesha)
Sheboygan River, Sheboygan County, 24 miles away
      Class II-IV - 0.5 miles long (downtown Sheboygan Falls)
Root River, Racine County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III - 0.4 miles long (Horlick Dam to Quarry Park)
 Ski Areas Near Milwaukee River:
Sunburst, Wisconsin , 21 miles away, 225 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
Little Switzerland, Wisconsin , 23 miles away, 200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Highlands of Olympia, Wisconsin , 38 miles away, 205 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Wilmot mountain, Wisconsin , 44 miles away, 260 foot drop, 11 lifts, 25 runs
Alpine Valley, Wisconsin , 44 miles away, 388 foot drop, 14 lifts, 20 runs
Grand Geneva, Wisconsin , 46 miles away, 211 foot drop, 5 lifts, 16 runs
Hidden Valley, Wisconsin , 50 miles away, 200 foot drop, 3 lifts, 7 runs
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park, Illinois , 63 miles away, 180 foot drop, 3 lifts, 5 runs
Villa Olivia, Illinois , 68 miles away, 180 foot drop, 6 lifts, 9 runs
Four Lakes, Illinois , 77 miles away, 100 foot drop, 7 lifts, 7 runs
 Hotels Near Milwaukee River:
Comfort Inn & Suites Grafton, Grafton , 2 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Grafton/Milwaukee, Grafton , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Grafton, Grafton , 2 miles away
Washington House Inn, Cedarburg , 3 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Mequon Milwaukee Area, Mequon , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Milwaukee River:
Waubedonia County Park, Fredonia, 8 miles away
Wisconsin Vacation Svc, Milwaukee, 10 miles away
Lazy Day's Campground, West Bend, 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Milwaukee River:
Havenwoods State Forest, Wisconsin , 9 miles away
Harrington Beach State Park, Wisconsin , 14 miles away
Kettle Moraine State Forest North, Wisconsin , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Milwaukee River:
Edgewater Golf Club, Grafton , 2 miles away
Mequon Country Club, Mequon , 3 miles away
Missing Links Golf Course & Driving Range, Mequon , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Milwaukee River
Erler Lake, Washington , 13 miles away
Lake Ellen, Sheboygan , 18 miles away
Bark Lake, Washington , 19 miles away

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